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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Page 3 "- From page 1 II Gordon and Linda take over "Somewhere along the line, we got the However, the farm was back to being busy abstract out and saw 2013 as the 100th year. and productive with Gordon raising both live- At the time, 2013 was a long way into the stock and crops just a few years later, future. Linda came to the farm in 1970, when she "Then about three or four years ago, I and Gordon were married. At the time, thought, 'Well, I think we are going to make Gordon's parents were still in the house, this,' and we did." Gordon and Linda lived in a trailer house The Vosbergs say the application process across the driveway, for a century farm is actually quite simple. It "Shortly after we were married, we had involves names and dates, of course. quite a bit of livestock here, with hogs and But there are only a couple of key qualifi- some beef," Gordon recalled. "We finished cations: hogs and started farrowing a few years later. *The farm has to be a minimum of 80 acres "We had hogs here until about five years *It has to have a house. If one owns the ago. We had Yorkshire, Durocs andland, but there is no house, it doesn't qualify. Hampshire." *There needs to be a family connection. It Gordon was the youngest of four brothers, doesn't have to be a parent-child connection. Duane, Dale and Don were the others. It Aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews qualify. seemed only natural to Gordon to get involved They filled out the application last winter in farming, and received confirmation in April stating the "My Dad was a farmer, plus he was a farm had been approved as a century farm. mechanic, so I grew up in a garage," Gordon The rock said. "When we were first married, I worked One of the key additions to the farm, since at Klasse Sales and Service for a few years as the Vosbergs learned it qualified as a century a mechanic. I mainly worked on farm equip- farm, has been the big century farm rock at merit." the entrance. There are countless reasons Gordon enjoys Getting the right rock and getting the cen- farming, but the main one is "peace and tury farm information engraved on the rock quiet." was not a quick and easy task. Linda got the LiMa, who also grew up on a farm, likes the idea of using a rock while reading a newspa- wide open spaces, per article about another century farm. "Owning your own land and business, you They stopped at one business that offers an are your own boss," Gordon said. "How ever engraving service and immediately got stick- hard you work is your own decision, er shock. At another site, they found rocks "I didn't take too many days off, though." that looked more like cemetery monuments. The ups and downs "One day, as we were driving through Both Gordon and Linda alluded to the ups Jasper on the way to Sioux Falls, we saw and downs of farming, these huge rocks," Linda recalled. "Gordy "There were some darn tough years," said, 'There has got to be a quarry around Gordon said. here.' We checked it out and found the place "The 1980s were really tough because of and learned that they had the best price we prices," Linda added. "But we did not get could find." ourselves leveraged out, like a lot of people. Gordon and Linda spent some time crawl- We had hogs, which at the time were treating ing around on the debris pile until they found us OK." just the right rock. The Vosbergs also recalled some tough "This is twice as hard as the rock at Dell times in the 1990s, while farming and trying Rapids," Gordon said. "It is some of the hard- to put four kids through college,est rock in the world." "We just never had a spare dollar," Linda The rock has brought a number of compli- recalled. "Looking back, we don't have a ments and serves as a sturdy reminder that single picture of the farm from the 1990s. this farm is rich with history. Nothing changed." That family farm history will no doubt be "We just didn't spend a lot of money," the cornerstone of the Vosbergs' upcoming Gordon added with a grin. celebration in August. The farm will host a "But we made it OK," Linda said. "One family reunion which includes all of the year led to another and all of a sudden here descendants from both the Cohrs side and we are." Vosberg side. As the evening continues, the The family has seen plenty of change around event will get even bigger as friends and the neighborhood through the years, neighbors will be invited out for supper. "We have good neighbors, what we have At the thought of this, Gordon and Linda leR of neighbors," Linda said with a smile, glanced around the farm place, which to most "It's a good community. We have a Westbrook would appear perfectly tidy. Gordon paused mailing address, but we always have consid- and added, "We still have a lot of workleft to ered ourselves Dovray people. Ask us where do this summer to get this place ready." we are from and we'll say we're from Dovray." After all, this is an old-fashioned farm eel- Century farm decision ebration that has been 1 O0 years in the wait- The Vosbergs have been intrigued by the ing. Century Farm process for several years. Editors Note: The Vosbergs held their cel- "The fast one we became aware of was the ebration with relatives and friends last farm of Steve and Sue Johnson, who live just Saturday. down the road," Linda said. "I thought that was the neatest thing. Last week volleyball squads began practicing for the upcoming sea- son. About 30 girls are out for the sport. Friday night the team will travel to Tracy for their first regular match. Last Wednesday the Charger coaching staff talked to the team before starting practice. About 35 boys are out for the sport. Charger gridders were busy practicing last week for the scimmage Saturday at the football field in Westbrook. 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